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Voices of Women in Baltimore County

Be Heard!

The Commission for Women invites you to participate in the "Voices of Women in Baltimore County Initiative."

As our nation prepares to celebrate the centennial of women's right to vote, women still face challenges being able to participate fully in all aspects of civic and social life. Join our forums and share your thoughts on the top issues facing Baltimore County women! We encourage as many women's voices as possible on this listening tour.

Let your opinions shape what the Commission for Women focuses on in the future. A final report of the Baltimore County forums will be shared with the county executive and the governor.

Our Next Forum

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Rosedale Library, 6105 Kenwood Avenue, Rosedale, Maryland 21237

In the News

Commission for Women Tasked to Created a Sub-Group to Coordinate Education and Criminal Justice Approaches on Human Trafficking

In January of 2018, the Baltimore County Commission for Women established a cross-functional work group to address the complex issue of human trafficking in coordination with the County’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. The work group takes a victim-centered approach as they work to reduce trafficking and protect victims by providing them with the resources they need in partnership with a variety of organizations, including non-profits and regional counterparts across the state.

The work group is comprised of a team of professionals and individuals from the Commission for Women and representatives from law enforcement, education, social services and the health and legal fields. Individual members must be County residents with a proven history and involvement in public advocacy. 

Maryland Legislative Agenda

2018 Final Report on Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women

HB 1-SB 2: Family Law—Child Conceived without Consent—Termination of Parental Rights (Rape Survivor Family Protection Act)

This legislation creates a legal process for rape victims to terminate the parental rights of rapists when a child is conceived as a result of rape. Victims will be required to meet a clear and convincing standard of evidence. This is the same standard used for other termination of parental rights cases.

Primary Sponsors: Delegate Kathleen Dumais and Senator Brian Feldman
Outcome: Passed and Signed by the Governor on February 13, 2018 (2018 Maryland Laws, chapters three and four)

HB 301-SB 270: Courts—Evidence of Sexually Assaultive Behavior—Admissibility (Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act)

This legislation enables prosecutors to introduce evidence of a defendant’s sex crimes and allegations of sex crimes against different victims, in addition to introducing this type of evidence in cases with the same victim (as established by the Maryland Judiciary). This legislation requires a thorough judicial review before evidence can be used.

Primary Sponsors: Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary and Senator Jim Brochin
Outcome: Passed

HB 1303-SB 491: Family Law—Domestic Violence—Permanent Protective Orders

This legislation expands the circumstances under which a court is requires to issue a permanent protective order by deleting the list of crimes for which the respondent must be convicted, sentenced and serve at least one year of the sentence and replacing the list of crimes with the words “any crime.” With this modification, a victim will not be limited to the specific crimes listed in the current law but will be able to petition for a final permanent protective order if the respondent has been convicted of any crime where the person eligible for relief has been the victim of a crime committed by the respondent.

Primary Sponsors: Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary and Senator Delores Kelley
Outcome: Passed

HB 1267-SB 869: Criminal Procedure—Motion to Vacate Judgment—Human Trafficking (Expansion of Maryland's Vacating Laws for Survivors of Human Trafficking)

This proposed change in the law would have expanded legal relief for survivors who experience criminalization tied to their trafficking victimization by applying Maryland’s current vacatur law explicitly to survivors of labor trafficking—not just sex trafficking—as well as expanding the number of crimes eligible for vacatur—not just convictions for prostitution.

Primary Sponsors: Delegate Kathleen Dumais and Senator Susan Lee
Outcome: No vote in House Judiciary or Senate Judicial Proceedings Committees

HB 787-SB 629: Correctional Facilities—Pregnant Inmates—Medical Care (Healthcare Services for Pregnant Inmates)

This legislation requires all state, local and private detention and corrections facilities to have written policies regarding reproductive healthcare services for adult and juvenile pregnant inmates (including pregnancy testing, pregnancy options counseling, prenatal care, prenatal testing and counseling, access to abortion care, miscarriage management, labor and delivery, postpartum care, and adoption). These written policies will be provided to all adult and juvenile inmates and detainees with positive pregnancy test results.

Primary Sponsors: Delegate Kathleen Dumais and Senator Delores Kelley
Outcome: Passed

HB 1109: State Government—Discrimination in Employment—Pregnancy and Childbirth (Discrimination in Employment—Conditions)

This legislation clarified that employers would be required to give reasonable accommodations to all pregnant employees with a medical need for an accommodation, not just employees who need accommodations as a result of pregnancy complications, and it would have ensured that a pregnant employee would not be forced to take paid or unpaid leave when a reasonable accommodation would have allowed her to continue to work and support her family.

Primary Sponsor: Delegate Marice Morales
Outcome: No vote in House Judiciary Committee

HB 512-SB 377: Labor and Employment—Pay Scales and Wage History Information (Salary History and Information Disclosure)

This legislation would have prevented employers from requiring past salary information be a condition of employment. Basing salary offers on past employment continues a discriminatory cycle and has no relevancy to the current position. Salary offers should be based in current position requirements as well as the skills and experience of the candidate.

Primary Sponsors: Delegate Karen Young and Senator Susan Lee
Outcome: Passed House with amendments; no vote in Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee

Job Protected Leave

This legislation would have required firms with 15 to 49 employees to provide six weeks of job protected unpaid leave for qualifying employees. For employees needing leave for their serious illness or a family member’s serious illness, or a military deployment, they would receive six weeks of unpaid leave and maintain existing health benefits. Upon returning from their leave, their employer would have been required to restore them to the same position or an equivalent position.

Outcome: Withdrawn

Information

For more information, email women@baltimorecountymd.gov or call 410-887-3448.

 
Revised October 9, 2019         

 

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